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Spice Things Up
Spice Things Up English, baby! Video Lesson

Modal Verbs

Date: May 03 2011

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Modal Verbs


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Devan and Jason have been dating for a while. Recently, they realized that they are in a rut. They do the same things day after day. They decided to try some new experiences and spice things up.

Spice gives food strong, unusual tastes. So when you spice things up, you do something interesting. It’s nice to have a new experience, so spicing things up is usually fun. But sometimes, spicing things up can lead to surprises. See what happens to Jason and Devan on their adventure.

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Jason:  This is gonna be awesome. We’re gonna go out on the town and spice things up.

Devan:  Yeah.

Jason:  What do you want to do?

Devan:  Well, I was thinking we should spice things up by doing some dancing, maybe?

Jason:  Yes, we never go dancing. That would definitely be spicing things up.

Devan:  Maybe we could get some spicy food to spice things up?

Jason:  Yes. We always eat such boring food.

Devan:  Yeah.

Jason:  We should totally spice things up with some good food tonight.

Devan:  I agree.

Jason:  Let’s hit the club.

Devan:  Let’s do it.

Jason:  This is spicing it up. We’re out on the town dancing. This is awesome.

Devan:  Um, have you noticed that there’s no women here?

Jason:  Oh, it’s cool. It’s cool. We just gotta get things started here. Yeah!

Devan:  So, what is…What is this? What are you…What are you doing? Ow! Ouch! You’re stepping on my feet.

Jason:  Oh no, how are your feet?

Devan:  They hurt really bad because you stomped all over them while we were dancing.

Jason:  I’m sorry.

Devan:  And who goes dancing at 5:30 in the afternoon anyway?

Jason:  I don’t know. We don’t do these things. I mean, I don’t know…We’re trying to spice it up, but I don’t even know when you go dancing, apparently.

Devan:  You go dancing after you eat. So, next time, let’s reverse the order, if we ever do this again.

Jason:  At least we got some good spicy food, right?

Devan:  That’s true. That food was delicious. So, I guess this wasn’t a complete and utter failure, right?

Jason:  Actually…Here, take this.

Devan:  What? J…J…Are you…Oh, that’s not pretty. Oh, that’s not pretty. Are you OK, honey?

Jason:  Yeah, I’ll be OK.

Devan:  Are you alright?

Jason:  Yes.

Devan:  Did that food not sit well with you?

Jason:  No, it didn’t. It tasted good. But, boy, I don’t know. I don’t know if spicing it up is for us, you know what I mean?

Devan:  I completely agree. I don’t think that we’re a spicy couple. I think we’re a boring couple and you know what? I’m OK with that.

Jason:  Can we go home and be boring, please?

Devan:  Yes. Let’s go.

Jason:  OK. One sec.

Devan:  Oh no. Oh no.


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Devan and Jason agree to go dancing and go out to dinner. Since they never do those things, they will be good ways to spice things up.

When they get to the dance club, Devan notices that there aren’t other people dancing. Jason also steps on her feet while dancing, so they go to a restaurant.

On the way out of the restaurant, Devan complains that her feet hurt from the dancing. They agree the food was good though. But suddenly, Jason gets sick. The couple agrees that spicing things up didn’t go very well. They decide it’s better just to be boring.

Do you like to spice things up? Can you think of something new you tried recently?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think you must always spice things up and that way you can always learn new things in your life and about myself I try to spice things up except food!I hate the feeling that you’ll have after eating sth new with a terrible taste.just imagin it! :(

03:49 PM Jun 10 2014 |



South Korea

Awesome lesson! Just got an idea to spice things up this night lol Gotta go out on the town to hit some cool fun places!

03:37 PM May 28 2011 |




I always think to spice things up, but I work so much and when I  can have time, I prefer to be boring, just staying in my house.

10:21 PM May 08 2011 |




My spice things up is to go to the strange food shop.

08:24 AM May 05 2011 |



Of course it's good to spice things up if your life is so boring that you just can't stand for it anymore. But for me, what's more important is that if i wanna spice things up, i won't chose things that's too much for me, for exsample, i won't try spicy food cause i can't handle that spicy taste at all even little. i might throw up on the street like jason:(      

11:42 AM May 04 2011 |


Viet Nam

I think the spice things up is necessary after a while we are living together, like married or couple. Only the thing we should consider is how we spice thing up to ensure that it will not utter failure like J and D as in the clip. Some couple have baby to spice things up. What do you thing about it?

Actually,  we can predict the result at the previous lesson. A long time in a rut is the major reason to many couple divorced. 

04:38 AM May 04 2011 |

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Welll, It’s always good to spice things up even if those things don’t fit with you. It’s kind of exciting to visit new places, and have new experiences, at least you can say that you gave it a try, and just lived. That’s why I always try not to be in a rut, by doing little changes every day :)

11:35 PM May 03 2011 |




I love to spice things up. I don’t like “always the same” things. I love to try new things, I love to know new people, I love to go a new places… Recently? Probably this site and I must say that I’m addicted :)))

09:18 PM May 03 2011 |


United Arab Emirates

yes we need that when we are just working or studying .. for me i don't even had time to enjoy my life :( :(  !!!!        i feel am loosing my mind because all i think of my studying and exams whether i ll do well or not …. i defiantly need to spice things up in my life … 

 i would like to interact with groups of volunteers to do environmental projects or activities in the emirates , or start writing my own books :)                                                    

anything i don't do now or i never done it before …. i hope i can do them all soon 

09:08 PM May 03 2011 |

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Palestinian Territory, Occupied

what of the meaning spice things up in our life nothing this is exaggeration in the life impossible we are caont found limlted mean no comments 

08:42 PM May 03 2011 |

Egypt girl

Egypt girl


Need to spice things up as well :(
My life becomes so boring this days nothing to do but work, Think I need somthing new in my life maybe new people , I think that love can spice things up  for any one he can see things differently when he loves someone while it was boring before :)

05:10 PM May 03 2011 |




I like to spice things up learning English because it’s very interesting.

04:01 PM May 03 2011 |

moha al nahdi

Saudi Arabia

loool hey jason she told u there is no womens in the club , so its not a fit time to go there jason 

03:07 PM May 03 2011 |



Russian Federation

No doubt there are a lot of ways for spicing things up, for example extreme sports. Usually people need to try something new, when they are in a rut. When people`s life becomes boring, they try to find some new hobbies, they travel to some other countries, they do some crazy things.

At this moment I am in a rut. Every next day is the same as the previous. I mean that I do the same things every day. I would like to spice things up. I hope that soon I will go to Spain and I will have some new impressions :)))))))!!!! 

12:39 PM May 03 2011 |

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anahid goddess

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Yes I like to spice things up .

I have ridden a camel in desert , its so good experience .

12:23 PM May 03 2011 |

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well, spicing things up is good way of experiencing life in different shapes. I live in Australia and I love to try new things all the time. In fact, sometime its needed. like i never went out on the town, I was not used to it, but now i’m going out on the town every weekend night, socializing with people and hitting some new places. So, its a good thing guys

11:36 AM May 03 2011 |




mmmmmmm for me .. i think spicing things up is needed sometimes , people get bored with daily routin and they can't stand doing the same thing everyday …. 

 i think going to the cinema and watch a new film is a good way to make some thing new , also, take a  walk in the beach or going to a football match is very cool :)) 

11:20 AM May 03 2011 |




The lesson is very fun I like it dancing step on feet. It’s very joke Haaaaaa
Sometime in my life very bored. I think, I want to spice things up.
I don’t know what I do?

10:39 AM May 03 2011 |

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